The weakest thing ever

August 22, 2013

From Peter Gregory

Christine Milne wrote in The Guardian recently that she wants 90% of Australia’s energy to come from renewable sources by 2030. But as this article explains, ‘renewables’ haven’t constituted such a high proportion of energy use since before the gold rush. Who says the Greens are trying to roll back the industrial age!

(And if you’re wondering how Mark Steyn’s climate change litigation is going – read this.)

Last week there was huge interest in the possibility that Detroit might sell its art and the “surprisingly sensible” response from The New Yorker. Now we’ve got the follow-up! And it might be the weakest thing we’ve ever come across! This is the worst bit – “I apologize to the many whom my words pained.” Oh dear.

And whilst we’re on the topic of publicly-funded art, budding photographers should consider entering this competition: a day in the life of a public servant. I’d love to see a photo of these public servants in action – they’ve ordered a Swedish farmer to find his pig a girlfriend!

Who would’ve thought that the Greens would stand up for the free market? They’re trying to stop Marrickville Council from banning a community market because it competes with local retailers. But at least one local council is trying to change its ways after being roasted in Hey

The IPA is holding important events as part of our freedom of speech tour across Australia in the coming weeks. Nick Cater will be joining us in Perth on September 11 and Adelaide on September 12. And Janet Albrechtsen will be joining us in Sydney on September 24.

The IPA is also running a special offer for all new members – sign up before Friday 20 September to get your bonus free book. Visit and use the code “membership”.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:


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